Nickname Pitbull Anvil
Height 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Weight 155 lb (70 kg)
Born May 8, 1981 (1981-05-08) (age 26)
Fighting out of North Hollywood, California
Town of birth Gyumri, Armenia
Fighting style Judo
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout 2
By submission 2
No contests 0
Manvel Gamburyan, also known as Manny Gamburyan (born May 8, 1981), is a mixed martial artist with a background in judo. Manvel was chosen as a participant on the reality show The Ultimate Fighter 5. He fought on Jens Pulver's team. Manny defeated Noah Thomas in the preliminary round. In his next matchup, Gamburyan defeated heavily favored Matt Wiman to advance to the semifinal round. In the semifinal round, Manny once again beat the odds by beating Joe Lauzon in a unanimous decision and advancing to the final where he faced Nathan Diaz. After dominating and controlling Diaz for the majority of the fight, he lost to Diaz in the second round due to dislocating his right shoulder on a successful takedown attempt and, subsequently, tapping out.
In May, 1991, Manvel's family relocated from Armenia to United States. Shortly after his arrival, Manvel began training in judo at Gokor Chivichyan's Hayastan MMA Academy and quickly became one of the top judokas in the country, winning junior nationals less than two years later. He went on to win junior nationals eight times, the junior Olympics once, and was a member of the 2000 judo junior world team.
The cousin of UFC fighter Karo Parisyan, Manvel was dubbed "Pitbull" for the tenacity he displayed in fighting lightweight champion Sean Sherk in 2001. On June 18th, 2007, in a radio interview with Kevin and Bean on KROQ, Manny said his nickname was changed to "Anvil", since "Pitbull" was already taken by other UFC fighters (such as Andrei Arlovski).
For his fight with Nate Diaz in the Ultimate Finale Manny walked out to the System of a Down song Toxicity (like Gamburyan, the members of SOAD are of Armenian heritage).
It has been confirmed that Gamburyan's next fight will be against Nate Mohr at UFC 79 on December 29, 2007.